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This is hanging in a local surplus store. The guy get's stuff donated or bought and is creating a mini-museum.

 

Rectangle panel with an over lapping slot - for a gun? It is heavy weight material. Thought it was Air Corps, but just got to read the tag and it says Navy. Is it a flak blanket?

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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easterneagle87,

You are correct as to its purpose. It is a Navy flak curtain, made of layered nylon. This and a nylon flak suit were developed by the Navy late in WW2 as a lighter weight equivalent to the USAAF suits that used steel plates for protection. It continued in production after the war into the late '40s or early '50s, as shown by the contract number with an N383 prefix. As manufactured, it did not have the central slot, but did have cotton fabric tie tapes in the four corners.

Regards, Paul

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So was the "slot" a field modification?

donation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif

 

 

I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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